wastewise: the zero waste project
Campbells Bay School has set a target of producing Zero Waste in five years. We have recycling schemes in place for aluminium cans, used clothing, glass, plastic & paper. The students participate fully in maintaining the schemes and are proud of their contribution to a more sustainable future for New Zealand. We would love our community to help us achieve our goal of Zero Waste. Anything you can do to help our school environment would be really appreciated, we would love to hear your ideas.
The students have created a mini-website which gives an overview of the current scheme.
In 2004 CBS established a large worm farm to deal with food scraps, both from the staff room and the playground. A huge thank you to Joanne Duncan who has worked so hard getting the worm bin established.
how can you help?
- Send the children's lunch in a paper lunch wrap, the worms will eat this, but they can't eat plastic or foil wrap.
- Package lunches in re-usable containers, so there are no wrappers at all - for example instead of sending a small packet of chips every day, buy a large packet and put some each day in a container. We have a huge number of chips packets in our rubbish every day, and no, the worms will not eat them.
- Many children throw out a large proportion of their lunches. Talk to your children about how much you expect them to eat and reach an agreement on what can be thrown away and what could be brought home for an after school snack. Whole muffins, sushi, fruit and sandwiches appear in our bins untouched - a waste of money for you but a lovely lunch for the worms.
- Help us raise money - bring your aluminium cans from home and put them in the cage by the bus bay. Our school is paid for the cans, and the money is used to buy new resources for your children.
- Explain how paper recycling works to your children and encourage them to use both sides of the paper before it is thrown out - our paper bins at school are clearly labeled, but many children could do with a little help getting a routine established.
- Bring your family's old clothes for our used clothing recycling bins, located at the bus bay. Clothing donations are an important way to assist various charities and humanitarian organisations (each bin is labelled with the receiving organisation).
- Help support our community forest project: by helping at the working bees with the weeding, donating a tree or raising seedlings at home - contact the school office, Jenny Hunter or Rosemary Wilcox for more information.